Xilinx grows all-programmable profile with lower-cost options

September 29, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Aiming at applications including embedded vision and industrial IoT, Xilinx has added parts in what it terms its cost-optimised offering, across its Spartan, Artix, and Zynq families, for any-to-any connectivity, sensor fusion, precision control, image processing, analytics, safety and security.

The company says that this portfolio expansion, “...now including the Spartan-7 family, additional Artix-7 products, and the Zynq-7000 single core devices, offers the most compelling performance-per-watt solutions in the industry and expanded processor scalability all at lower cost entry points.”


The Spartan-7 family is positioned as the only 28nm-based FPGA in an 8 x 8 mm package, enabling the portfolio’s most cost-efficient connectivity solution for both legacy and cutting-edge interfaces, while delivering the highest performance-per-watt sensor fusion and precision control in a small form factor.


Added Artix-7 devices for transceiver and signal processing performance boost image processing bandwidth in multi-sensor embedded vision with greater power efficiency at small densities.


Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC single core devices offer a lower cost entry-point to a fully scalable, ARM processor based Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC platform, delivering a cost-optimized single-chip solution for analytic functions and cloud connectivity. Utilized across the portfolio is a multi-layered approach to safety and security, including processor-driven secure boot and the latest generation bitstream encryption and authentication to address the growing concern of cybersecurity in the IoT. These portfolio extensions complement the recently announced dual core CG MPSoC products to provide a continuum of options of single to dual core A9 on 28 nm process technology to dual core A53 on 16 nm process technology.


The graphic above is intended to convey the efficiencies possible for a connected device design, shrinking three chips to one.


These devices will be supported in the upcoming 2016.3 release of the Vivado Design Suite for IP-centric and system-centric design and implementation, as well as Xilinx’s SDx software defined environments. The new Spartan-7 family, as well as new Artix-7 FPGAs, and Zynq-7000S devices, will be supported on the no-cost Vivado Design Suite WebPACK Edition, as well as the Vivado Design and System to enable immediate development. Spartan-7 device sampling and Zynq-7000S production devices will begin shipping in the first